After 17 years, West End’s Vulcana Women’s Circus is returning to the suburb for new circus classes.

Founded in 1995, Vulcana Circus is Queensland’s oldest women’s arts organisation, taking its memorable name from a Victorian era strongwoman who was once known as the strongest woman in the world.

Since moving to Brisbane Powerhouse in 2000, Vulcana has been interacting with the community through bold performances and programs meant to empower and educate.

The all female circus will now return to West End at Kurilpa Hall with new kids and adult circus classes run by head Circus Play trainer Phoebe Manning.

A West End local, Manning is an experienced facilitator, trainer and performer, her notable acts including her Ernst the Clown character. Phoebe and Vulcana are partnering together for the new circus workshops and hoping to continue the work Phoebe has done in recent years to keep West End circus alive.

Steeped in rich cultural arts history, West End has been the foundation for some of Queensland’s best-known circus companies for decades.

Rock & Roll Circus (now Circa), Flipside Circus, and Vulcana Women’s Circus all had their start in the suburb before moving to new, permanent homes.

Vulcana are currently holding circus workshops two days a week.

Monday night Circus Play for adults is bound to get your week started in a playful, exciting and safe way, and Thursday afternoons will allow for kids aged 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 to explore and discover what their bodies can do and grow at their own level and pace!

Read about West End Cirque du Soleil star Daniel Crispin here